1. reverent honor and homage paid to God
2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honour and homage: They attended worship this morning.
3. adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.
Worship literally means "worth-ship". Giving worth to something. In its older sense in English of worthiness or respect (Anglo-Saxon,worthscripe), Evelyn Underhill defines worship thus: "The adoring acknowledgment of all that lies beyond us—the glory that fills heaven and earth. It is the response that conscious beings make to their Creator.
Worship is our opportunity to come face to face with God and tell Him we love Him. It's our chance to come boldly before His throne (Hebrews 4:16) and gaze at His beauty. Realizing we are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Colossians 2 and 3), not later but now and worshipping from that reality. It no longer becomes about begging God for a glimpse of Him but rather looking at what is right in front of us and bringing that revelation to Earth. And by worship we portray that revelation many times through song and spontaneous song (Both Lyrically and melodically), dance, the arts, sounds, lights, and styles. As David was bringing home the Ark of God he demonstrated his overwhelming, joy-filled praise when the ark had been returned by dancing (2 Samuel 6). Hannah spontaneously wrote a song of praise when she had Samuel and was giving him to Eli that he might serve the Lord all of his days (1 Samuel 2). The book of Psalms is filled with songs that different psalmists wrote (not only David but also Solomon and Asaph) out of revelation they had of God. Many of them were spontaneously written out of trial and pressure and though they were songs they were also prayers. Many times prayer will mix itself into our worship as a means of establishing that revelation of Him and His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
When Solomon asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3) the first thing he did after receiving that wisdom was that he began to construct the temple where God would be worship and praised. Worship and praise are two of the most important things we ever release, in fact two of the wisest things we can ever do. God has infused us with the desire to worship. He's given us the ability to enthrone anything and anyone we want in our hearts and worship it with our lives. Worship can be defined as giving ourselves wholly in devotion to someone or something. As we worship a righteous, holy and loving God, our lives will begin to reflect his character. Ultimately Jesus is who we want and is who we worship every day with the way we live our lives. Worship is our life!
Robert and Kelley Augi are the Worship Pastors and you can get more information on music/worship ministry at New Renaissance by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Renaissance [ren-uh-sahns]: revival, renewal, re-birth, resurrection, reawakening, resurgence, reappearance, regeneration
A revival of art and literature where music flourished impacting all areas of society.
ORIGIN from French renaissance, from re- 'back, again' + naissance 'birth' (from Latin nascentia, from nasci 'be born').